Last week in Review (Mini Reviews)

Hi everyone! I got a few books finished this last week and boy did I need to😂 I thought I would just add them all to this post.

Books Finished

 

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Like Never and Always

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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Tor Teen in exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book. I couldn’t put it down and finished in almost 1 day. I loved the story plot, as it is something I have not seen a lot of. I adored Clay. He was sweet, kind and supportive. The weird sort of love triangle was interesting as well.

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One of Us is Lying

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This book was very interesting. I spent the whole book trying to figured out what had really happened in study hall that day. I liked that each of the main characters grew up and changed for the better. I would definitely read the next book.

 

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Pieces of Her

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I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for a honest review. I DNF this one😔 I really looked forward to reading a book by Karin but the violence was just a little too much for me and I did not feel I could identify with the main character at all. The writing style was nice though and I feel like I will try other books by her. This one just wasn’t for me.

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Tell Me You’re Mine

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I received a copy of this from Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This book was very interesting. I spent the whole book trying to figure out the real story of Stella and Isabelle and I was not disappointed. Very interesting story.

 

Whew!!

I need something much lighter after these books and after some help from some of you…. I am currently reading Anna and the French Kiss 😍

I have set up a lot of books over the next month or so. Wish me luck!!!!

Review: Sadie (Spoilers ahead)

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Sadie
by Courtney Summers

Synopsis provided by Goodreads:
Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Wednesday Books

Trigger warning: Violence, Pedophilia

Ok….this was a hard review for me to write. I received a copy of this book from Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. The topic of this book is very hard for me. It is not something I am comfortable with. I kept reading the book because I was interested in how the story would progress.

Things I liked:

  1. I thought the writer did a good job of keeping the story going. I was generally interested in whether or not the radio reporter would find Sadie and what she was doing in the meantime.
  2. I met lots of people in this book and Courtney did an excellent job of making them easy to distinguish in each corresponding story.
  3. The story was interesting and I was excited to see how it would end. She did a great job of telling you exactly what Sadie had done in the next chapter right after the reporter had figured it out.

Things I did not like:

  1. Again, the subject was very difficult for me. It is heartbreaking to read.
  2. They way it is written, one chapter is an excerpt from the radio show, telling you what the reporter has found out and is doing. The next is from Sadie’s perspective telling you what she is doing or has done. The parts from the radio reporter were a little difficult to keep up with because he kept bouncing from different characters and you would not know that they were a part of that segment.
  3. There was no real ending. We spent the whole book trying to bring Sadie home and she was never found at the end of the book. We never even find out how Sadie knew who the killer was. It was just automatically known by her and she takes off on a revenge journey that was never explained.

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

I think it was definitely worth the read and a lot of people will really like this. For me, it was not my favorite but I didn’t dislike it either. Have you read this yet? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you

Top 5 Books You Should Read

There are so many good books out there. New ones being made everyday. I wanted to bring some attention to some of my absolute favorites.

Series:

1. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

2. Paper Princess by Erin Watt

3. My Forever Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

5. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Standalone:

1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

3. On the Fence by Kasie West

4. Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I only have 4 standalone right now. Apparently I read a lot of series😂 I have so many I am hoping to add to this soon. I could add to the series many more times.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

The Unique Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Leslie @bksRthenewblack. Thank you so much! I definitely appreciate this tag.  Please check her out if you have not!

The Rules:
*Share the link of the blogger who nominated you
*Answer their questions
*Share some love with the blogging community by nominating 8-12 people
*Ask three questions for your nominees

 

 

Leslie’s questions:
1. What’s your favorite season?

My favorite season is Fall. I love the cooler, but still warm temperatures. The colors on the trees are beautiful. Leggings everywhere! Pumpkin everything and FOOTBALL!!!!
2. What’s a villain that you couldn’t help but love?

Hmm….I guess I will go with the Darkling in The Grisha Verse trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He was dreamy in a very evil way.
3. Have you ever been to a book signing? If so, who?

No unfortunately not yet. I would love to. I would be worse than a kid in a candy store.

 

My questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a book signing? If so, who? I stole this from Leslie because it is such a good question.
  2. If you were stranding on a island, what crew would you want to be with you? Pick 4 book characters
  3. What are your top reads you think everyone should read?My Nominations:

@theartsyreader1

@lizbie88

@bookishluce

@LittleSisterK

@LaughnListener

@IamHeatherBlair

@bblphgst

@ChirpyWriting

@thriftybiblio

@FangrilBree

@ReaditWeepBlog

@FictionNoChaser

Review: The Hating Game

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Why, oh why, have I not read this book before now! If you have not read it, get it now! Buy it, check it out from the library, borrow it, whatever you have to do. I adore this book. I laughed from start to finish.

“I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@. My previous passwords have all been variations on how much I hate Joshua.” –Lucy

This was the beginning of my love affair with this book.

Lucy:

Lucy was a total sweetheart, torn by her interest in and hate for Joshua. She was loved by everyone, except Joshua, her archnemesis. She is very work oriented and has become lonely due to a merger at her job that cost her best friend a job. No friends, no love prospects and her overwhelming annoyance with the coworker seated right in front of her.

Joshua:

Cold, cynical and absolutely gorgeous. Lucy drives him crazy because she is the complete opposite of him. Everyone is afraid of him, with his reputation of being hard and strict. He just can’t seem to get Lucy out of his head.

Overall: 

The banter was absolutely hilarious. I rooted for them through the whole book. It shows how people can be so misunderstood. The romance and sexual banter was steamy and totally absorbs you in this book without going overboard. Sally Thorne has written a masterpiece I was honored to read.

Stars:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Ronaldo The Phantom Carrot Snatcher

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The lovely Maxine Sylvester contacted me and wondered if I would be interested in reviewing her book in exchange for an honest review. This looked too cute to pass up.

In this book, reindeers Ronaldo and Rudi are best friends and they are enrolled in the flying academy. Ronaldo is being bullied by one of the other reindeers. Someone is also stealing his carrots. On his way home, he finds a…WOLF. Reindeers are very afraid of wolves. This particular wolf’s name is Ernie and she is very small. Ernie tells him she has been separated from her pack. She is scared and has nowhere to go.

Renaldo becomes her friend, along with Rudi and they make flyers to drop out of the sky while they are flying to help Ernie’s family find her. They cannot go to the wolves because they are afraid they will be eaten.

My Honest Opinion

This book is adorable and perfectly explores the innocence of childhood. It touches upon bullying and how cruel other children can be. The unlikely friendship between the reindeer and the wolves was so fun and I would recommend this book to any child(or parent) for that matter.

Stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This or That Book Tag

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This or That Book Tag

Thanks to Noly @ theartsyreader for tagging me in the This or That Book tag. I think I am read to handle these questions! Wish me luck!

1. Series or standalone?
It depends on what mood I am in. I mostly like series but standalones are good to sneak in too.

2. Magic earned or magic born?
I think magic born.

3. Enemies to lovers or friends to lovers?
Enemies to lovers because it is so much more satisfying to see the complete turn around and the love that blooms.

4. Hilarious banter or emotional ruin?
Hilarious banter definitely…My heart can only handle so much emotional ruin. A good laugh is always needed.

5. Love triangle or insta love?
Love triangle. Its nice to pick and one of my favorites is The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. I loved them both, but Stellan…woohoo

6. Keyboard smash names or all names start with the same letter?

Same letter

7. Mean parents or dead parents
Neither….it seems to be such a plot device for so many books.

8. Supermodel looks or constantly says how “plain” they are?
Supermodel definitely. I get tired of being constantly reminded how plain they are. I would much rather they be so good looking I have to fangirl!

9. Face on cover vs. typography on cover?
Typography. I love pretty scenes and pictures. It bothers me when they don’t look like how I imagine them.

10. Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?
Villain turning a little good. It makes them seem more real and who doesn’t love a little bad guy.

11.Best friend dies or love interest dies?
Best friend? I don’t really like it when anyone dies, but love interests tear your heart out.

12. Awesome writing with a dull plot or amazing plot with murderously bad writing?
Awesome with a dull plot. I hate when you want to like it so bad, but it just cannot be liked.

13. Cliffhanger ending or heartbreaking ending?
Cliffhanger. Then I want to read the next book. No one wants their heart ripped out.

14. Breaking the spine or dog-earing the pages?
Ummm neither. No form of book torture is acceptable.

15. “Bad boy” trope or “perfect golden boy” trope as the love interest?
I definitely love the bad boy, but golden boy can be exciting too. Especially if they are a little bad.

 

Please leave your answers below or do the tag if you would like! I would love to hear your answers

Mini Review: The Traitor’s Game

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I have been waiting on this book for a long time. I was so excited to finally get it.

Kestra comes from a very influential family and tends to get kidnapped. Simon has been tasked with being her protector while she is forced to betray her family, all while searching for a magical blade.

Overall

The Traitor’s Game was just ok for me. This story takes many twists and turns, but just failed to wow me. The plot was good and I liked the love match. It just felt like it dragged on. I did not feel emotionally invested in any of the characters. The ending was the most exciting of the whole book and promised another book to come.

Stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: Sea Witch

First of all let me say, this cover is gorgeous! It was one of the things that immediately drew me to this book.

This is a story of 3 childhood friends. Nik is a prince, Anna is a girl from a wealthy family, and Evie is a girl who is from a less fortunate family. They were the best of friends. One day, they were out playing. The girls decided to swim and race each other to see who could win. The water was too rough and both girls went under. Nik jumped in to try and save them. He managed to save Evie, but could not save Anna.

The actual story takes place 4 years later. They are celebrating Prince Nik’s 16 birthday on a ship. Evie sees someone watching her inside the ship and thinks it is Anna. She rushes to look over, but does not see anyone. Later, Nik, Evie and Nik’s cousin, Prince Iker are out on a boat and Nik goes overboard. They try to find him, but he is nowhere to be found. While they continue searching, Evie sees a woman hovering over what could be a body down the shore. As she approaches, the woman disappears into the sea. A MERMAID!!!!

Evie meets a runaway girl named Annemette and they quickly become friends. Annemette has magic just like Evie which is banned where they live. She figures out her new friend is a mermaid. She reminds her so much of Anna, that she is convinced that this is what happened to her friend when she drowned. She tells Evie she only has a few days to receive true loves kiss or she will die. She can no longer return to the sea. If she does not receive a kiss from Nik, she cannot stay human.

That’s when the true story begins….

I adored this book! I was completely caught up in the story.  The ending was crazy! I hated that it happened, as I was hoping for happiness. The relationship between Nik and his cousin Iker was so fun. They were more like brothers and I enjoyed their banter. Evie was such a deep character with unresolved issues, in life and love.

Stars:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

1000 Twitter Followers!

I am so honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing, supportive community! I am so thankful for each and every one of you who have followed, liked or commented. I have truly enjoyed interacting with every one of you😍

I started this blog with a little encouragement only a few short weeks ago just hoping that with as much as I read, somebody would want to hear my opinions…you guys have blown me away with your support. I appreciate each one of you!!

Thank you, Thank you💙💚💛🧡❤️💖